Old Car Festival

Feel the passion behind America’s longest-running antique car show

Special Event at Greenfield Village®

  • September 9-10, 2023
  • Time: Open Saturday until 9 p.m. Regular hours Sunday.

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Video contains event information from 2019 and may not be applicable for 2022 season.

Hundreds of vehicles from the 1890s through 1932 arrive from across the country to be perfectly set in the place where American history comes alive. Old Car Festival in Greenfield Village is a raucous ride, epitomizing the earnest optimism of the American Dream from the turn of the century to the Great Depression.

Wander through the village to meet the owners who’ve passionately preserved these treasured machines. Watch drivers engage in games of skill, listen to the distinctive sounds of century-old vehicles or sit back and enjoy expert insights while drivers motor through the Pass-in-Review parade. This weekend is your chance to become immersed in the moving stories of the early automotive era, a true automobile lover’s dream, as electric-, steam- and gas-powered engines are constantly in motion around you.

America’s longest-running antique car show brings ragtime America and the Jazz Age to life with two days of historically inspired street food, music, dancing and activities. Stay late Saturday evening for the Gaslight Parade of Cars, dancing with the River Raisin Ragtime Revue and a Dixieland-style parade.

NEW in 2022: Early American Luxury

Join us this year at Old Car Festival to honor the great names in early American luxury — many gone, but none to be forgotten. At the dawn of the 20th century, any automobile was a luxury purchase. Once the Model T made cars commonplace, “luxury car” took on a distinct meaning in the United States. By the boom years of the 1920s, a high-end automobile was the ultimate status symbol. Into the 1930s, the “Three Ps” — Packard, Peerless and Pierce-Arrow — stood at the top. The “Detroit Three” had upmarket brands like Cadillac, LaSalle and Lincoln and upscale models like Chrysler’s Imperial. In Indiana, E.L. Cord assembled a posh trio of his own with Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg.

Not a member?

Become a member for free admission to Old Car Festival and discounts on shopping and dining. Use your membership for benefits like free parking and free admission to the museum and village, valid 12 months starting the day you join.

Ticket Prices

  Member Nonmember
General Admission (12-61) Free $35.00
Senior (62+) Free $31.50
Youth (5-11) Free $26.25
Child (4 & Under) Free Free
Parking is $9 per vehicle for nonmembers, free for members

Your experience includes

  • Immersive historic vignettes
  • Hundreds of historic autos, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles
  • Historically inspired street food
  • Live music and dancing with the River Raisin Ragtime Revue
  • Car talks with passionate car owners, automotive historians and experts
  • Pass-in-Review parade
  • Special demonstrations
  • Awards showcasing the best restored and unrestored cars
  • Model T assembly team
  • Saturday evening Gaslight Parade of Cars with kerosene and early electric lamps, capped with a Dixieland-style parade

Streaming Coverage: Pass-in Review

Join us live on Facebook for an insider’s look at an Old Car Festival fan favorite, the Pass-in-Review parade on Saturday, September 10. Tune in to hear our automotive historians and experts share commentary on a variety of antique and luxury vehicles

Participation Information

Find information about participating in Old Car Festival at The Henry Ford.


Old Car Festival 2022 Program
Old Car Festival Winners 2022